The streamer has given a series order to “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” starring Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, Rebecca Romijn as Number One and Ethan Peck as Science Officer Spock. The series will follow Pike, Spock, and Number One in the decade before Captain Kirk boarded the U.S.S. Enterprise as they explore new worlds around the galaxy.
The trio of characters were first introduced into revamped CBS “Star Trek” universe in Season 2 of “Star Trek: Discovery.” All three received praise for their performances, with fans quickly clamoring for a spinoff. They were also featured in the first episode of Season 2 of “Star Trek: Short Treks.”
“Fans fell in love with Anson Mount, Rebecca Romijn and Ethan Peck’s portrayals of these iconic characters when they were first introduced on ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ last season,” said Julie McNamara, executive vice president and head of programming at CBS All Access. “This new series will be a perfect complement to the franchise, bringing a whole new perspective and series of adventures to ‘Star Trek.’”
The series premiere was written by Akiva Goldsman with the story by Goldsman, Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet. Goldsman, Kurtzman and Lumet will serve as executive producers along with Henry Alonso Myers, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth. Aaron Baiers, Akela Cooper and Davy Perez will serve as co-executive producers. The series will be produced by CBS Television Studios, Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment.
“This is a dream come true, literally,” said Goldsman. “I have imagined myself on the bridge of the Enterprise since the early 1970s. I’m honored to be a part of this continuing journey along with Alex, Henry and the fine folks at CBS.”
Mount is repped by UTA, Brookside Artist Management, and Sloane Offer. Peck is repped by Untitled Entertainment and Jackoway Austen Tyerman. Romijn is repped by UTA and 3 Arts Entertainment.
CBS has bet big on “Star Trek” in recent years. Including “Strange New Worlds,” there are now five shows in the shared universe on All Access: “Star Trek: Discovery” (Season 3 debuting later this year), “Star Trek: Picard” (Season 1 aired this year, already renewed for Season 2), “Star Trek: Short Treks,” and the adult animated series “Star Trek: Lower Decks” (debuting later this year). Nickelodeon is also prepping an animated “Star Trek” kids series. All Access announced last year that it was developing a series centered on Michelle Yeoh’s character from “Discovery.”
“When we said we heard the fans’ outpouring of love for Pike, Number One and Spock when they boarded ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ last season, we meant it,” said Kurtzman. “These iconic characters have a deep history in ‘Star Trek’ canon, yet so much of their stories have yet to be told. With Akiva and Henry at the helm, the Enterprise, its crew and its fans are in for an extraordinary journey to new frontiers in the ‘Star Trek’ universe.”
It was announced in 2018 that Kurtzman had signed a five-year deal with CBS TV Studios to supervise the expansion of the “Star Trek” television universe. Last year, CBS announced it was launching a “Star Trek” global franchise group to manage new projects like podcasts, new digital spaces, and live experiential events.